Shannonwatch: “We have responsibilities as human beings to act”

first_imgPrint Email WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin NewsShannonwatch: “We have responsibilities as human beings to act”By John Keogh – September 11, 2015 698 Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads  HUMAN rights group Shannonwatch, which monitors military movements through Shannon Airport, says that the Irish people and government have “responsibilities as human beings to act” on the refugee crisis, and the conflicts that have caused it.A statement released by the organisation this week said: “We must demand that our governments do everything they can to end the cruel deaths we see happening in the backs of lorries, in the sea, in other parts of the long tortuous journeys that the people of Syria, Eritrea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere undertake in order to stay alive.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “People like three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his five-year-old brother Galib should not have to die while European leaders argue over the number of refugees to allow into their country.”“Instead of building wire barricades and sending boats back to Northern Africa we urgently need to put mechanisms in place to ensure routes to safety for people fleeing for survival.”The group is calling for all European countries to increase the number of refugees they take in with immediate effect and to provide supports for them “to live in environments where their dignity and well-being are respected”.The group is also calling on the Irish government to “stop contributing to the conflict and wars that cause people to have to flee for survival” by permitting US troops and military planes to land in Shannon Airport.The statement continued: “We should also bear in mind that groups like ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front that are causing terror all across the Middle East were born from the invasion of Iraq. Ireland provided material support for that invasion by making Shannon Airport available to the invading US military.“As a result of all this we have an increased responsibility to act, to right the wrongs we helped cause. It’s time Ireland took a stand and said enough is enough. As a country that claims to promote peace and justice we cannot continue to do the opposite.” Advertisementcenter_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleFoodie Town finalists revealedNext articleInformation evening on proposed N21 Adare Western Approach Improvement Scheme John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSlimerickrefugee crisisShannon airportShannonwatch Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img

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